Showing posts with label Godiva. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Godiva. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Godiva, Luxury Chocolate Limited Edition Gold Icons

Godiva, the Luxury Belgian chocolatier, has launched its new limited edition ‘Gold Icons’ collection. The new range is inspired by fresh spring flavours and boundary-pushing ingredients used in the contemporary culinary world. The range features eight unique chocolate combinations. They do not have artificial colours and include natural fruit and vegetable extracts.

The launch of the new flavours took place on the rooftop of the stylish Ham Yard hotel in Soho, London. There we experienced the full on Godiva treatment. The whole collection was on display to be admired and ultimately tasted by the guests.

The collection includes:

A delicious and smooth white chocolate ganache that is infused with mouth-watering mango flavour and covered with a sweet and rich orange-coloured coverture.
A subtle hint of ginger is added to a dark chocolate ganache, which is covered with a milk chocolate shell.
Inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean, this striking piece is absolutely delicious. A smooth ganache is infused with lemon flavour and a dash of extra virgin olive oil and encased in a sweet, yellow coverture.  It's like lemon meringue pie - delightful!
An iconic Godiva piece; a beautiful white chocolate ganache is enhanced by a touch of premium Madagascan vanilla and enrobed in an intense dark chocolate shell.
A vibrant green coverture encases a silky white chocolate ganache that is infused with salted caramel and a hint of lime that lifts the chocolate to another level.
Carefully selected black tea is added to an intense dark chocolate ganache, which is covered with a premium dark chocolate shell.
A unique passionfruit and pink pepper-flavoured white chocolate ganache are encased in a rich coverture that is coloured a vibrant shade of pink. The pepper is quite suitable but noticeable.
Smooth milk chocolate covers a crunchy pecan praline filling, which is infused with apple and crispy caramel pieces.'

There was also the beautiful Godiva milk chocolate cart where Strawberries and Ginger were dipped in their rich premium milk chocolate   - Pure indulgence!

The cost: Gold Icons are priced from £10 for a 6-piece gift box to £25 for an 18-piece gift box, and available from all Godiva boutique stores in the UK for a limited time only. Buy Here: Godiva Gold Icons

Disclosure: I was a guest of Godiva at this event. All opinions are my own

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

chocolate nut torte with sour cherry meringue ice cream recipe

chocolate nut torte with sour cherry meringue ice cream
With autumn comes an even greater desire to eat chocolate considered food of the gods, chocolate is actually a delicacy that exerts a fascination on people. The texture and flavour awaken the senses and provoke emotions. But do not worry that chocolate is not only a villain in your diet. It also brings many nutrients, and believe me, even happiness!

The inspiration for this recipe cames from rich chocolate desserts and cakes from my childhood.  Loaded with delicious high-end couverture chocolate this recipe is certainly going to bring happiness.  I love the contrast of the sourness of the amarena cherries, crunchy meringue and the suitable sweetness and nuttiness  of the chocolate torte.

This recipe is my entry to Godiva contest  here - which I've just been informed I am one of the 4 short listed contestant! The final is next week right in the middle of National Chocolate Week - perfect!
chocolate nut torte with sour cherry meringue ice cream

5 facts about chocolate

1)It stimulates the heart muscle, the nervous system, and it's also responsible for good mood, for being an antidepressant. Chocolate seems to interact with some neurotransmitter systems involved in appetite and mood regulation.

2)It has also vitamins A , B1, B2 , D and E, some minerals  like calcium, phosphorous, potassium , magnesium, and traces of iron and copper , oleic acid ( present in cocoa) and flavonoids . Dark chocolate, made of pure cocoa and without the addition of milk fat, contains high levels of flavonoids, antioxidants that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

3)Due to its calorific value and very high fat, its consumption should be moderate in obese and high cholesterol sufferers.

4)The presence of phenylethylamine in chocolate stimulates the production of serotonin, brain substance that gives a feeling of pleasure and calm, coupled with the sense of happiness.

5)Chocolate is believed to be an aphrodisiac. What is known is that it stabilizes neurotransmitters related to pleasurable sensations such as dopamine and serotonin and promotes the release of endorphins and enkephalins,  the body's natural painkillers that produce pleasure.

Here is a pleasurable end of a meal:
chocolate nut torte with sour cherry meringue ice cream

For full recipe: chocolate nut torte with cherry meringue ice cream recipe check out  Great British Chefs site
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